When students actively get to work on course material, they will be able to better apply knowledge and skills in new situations. This way, a deeper understanding of the course material can be reached. This is called deep learning. Furthermore, an active form of teaching helps to better involve students in lectures and seminars. This helps them to retain their attention for longer.
Activating students with modes of instruction
You can activate students with different modes of instruction. The mode of instruction you use in your course is aligned with the learning objectives and form of assessment. This triangular relationship is central in the model of constructive alignment.
Activating modes of instruction
In Radboud EDIT you can find a database with different modes of instruction. Using filters, can you easily search the database to find modes of instruction that fit your educational situation.
Example: asking questions
Asking questions is a good example of an activating mode of instruction. To stimulate deep learning, you use questions that go one step further than just fact-testing. For example, don’t just ask: “What is the meaning of this theory?”, but also: “How do you apply this theory in the following situation?”. For asking questions, you can also use tools such as Mentimeter.